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Member of Turkish Parliament Garo Paylan Brings Message of Equality for Minorities in Turkey

Garo Paylan, center, with Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, left,
and Dr. Sergio La Porta, right.
Photo: Hourig Attarian

Michael Rettig Editor For the past century, Turkey has pursued a policy of repression and homogenization   towards its various ethnic minorities. The current Republic of Turkey has an egregious track record of human rights violations, with slogans such as “one nation, one flag, one state” drowning out those who would call for a more democratic Turkey. In spite of this, ...

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ASP Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Left to right: Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Dr. Sergio La
Porta, and Dr. Dickran Kouymjian at the ASP reception
honoring Fresno State’s Centennial in 2011.
Photo: Randy Vaughn-Dotta

Marine Vardanyan Staff Writer Armenian courses have a long history of being taught on the Fresno State campus. Armenian classes were first offered in the early 1960s through an extension course taught by Dr. Richard Hovannisian, and Armenian his-tory courses were later taught by Dr. Louise Nalbandian of the Fresno State History Department. “What started as a small offering of ...

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Mouradian-13th Kazan Visiting Professor in Armenian Studies

Dr. Khatchig Mouradian
Garo Paylan, center, with Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, left,
and Dr. Sergio La Porta, right.
Photo: ASP Archive

Tadeh Issakhanian Staff Writer The Armenian Studies Program is both honored and excited to welcome Dr. Khatchig Mouradian as the 13th Kazan Visiting Professor of Armenian Studies at Fresno State for the Fall 2016 Semester. Dr. Mouradian is teaching a three-unit course entitled “The Armenian Genocide and its Aftermath,” in addition to giving three public lectures under the general heading ...

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Armenian Series Publishes New Book by Beledian

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Staff Report Armenian Studies Program Director Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian announced that Krikor Beledian’s Fifty Years of Armenian Literature in France has been published by the Armenian Series of The Press, at California State University, Fresno. Translated from the original French into English by Christopher Atamian, Fifty Years of Armenian Literature in France is a groundbreaking study of the Armenian ...

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Der Mugrdechian on “Armenians of Lebanon”

Left to right: Erik Abrahamyan, Aramayis Orkusyan, Michael
Rettig, Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Elena Sarmazian,
Tadeh Issakhanian, and Molly Gostanian
Photo: Hourig Attarian

Aramayis Orkusyan Staff Writer During the summer of 2016, Professor Barlow Der Mugrdechian, director of the Armenian Studies Program at Fresno State, had the opportunity to travel to Lebanon–one of the most important Armenian diasporan centers–for the first time. Der Mugrdechian was invited by the Tekeyan Cultural Association to give a talk in Beirut, where he spoke on June 7 ...

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Dr. Shemmassian Reflects on Musa Dagh Roots

Dr. Vahram Shemmassian, seated center, with members of the Fresno Musa Dagh Compatriotic Union.
Photo: Hourig Attarian

Kara Statler Staff Writer Dr. Vahram Shemmassian, director of the Armenian Studies Program at California State University, Northridge, was a guest speaker for the Armenian Studies Program’s Fall Lecture Series on Friday, September 30. His talk, “On the Trail of My Musa Dagh Ancestry,” documented Dr. Shemmassian’s journey of self-discovery and what became a life-long passion to conduct research on ...

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La Porta Invited as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Univ. of Tennessee

Dr. La Porta at the University of Tennessee.
Photo: ASP Archive

Staff Report Dr. Sergio La Porta was invited to be a Lindsay Young Distinguished Visiting Senior Scholar in the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in Fall of 2016. Dr. La Porta visited the University from September 11-17. While there, he gave a class for undergraduates in the Religious Studies program; led a ...

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Ghazarian Family Donates Book Collection to the Armenian Studies Program

Staff Report Dr. Vatche Ghazarian of Pacific Grove, California, has donated 300 books to the Armenian Studies Program in memory of his father Mgrdich Ghazarian, who was the only male member of his family to survive the Armenian Genocide of 1915. The collection is composed of books from both the late Mgrdich Ghazarian’s library and also from Dr. Ghazarian’s collection, ...

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Armenian Students Organization Begins New Year with Plans to Expand Student Involvement

ASO members at the first general meeting of the year.
Photo: Aramayis Orkusyan

Diana Gasparyan Staff Writer The Armenian Students Organization welcomed a new executive body at the start of the school year; Tadeh Issakhanian-President, Elena Sarmazian-Vice President, Diana Gasparyan-Secretary, Molly Gostanian-Treasurer, and Arthur Khatchatrian-Public Relations. They will bring new and creative ideas, activities, and volunteer opportunities for the members. Since its inception in 1974, the club has been dedicated to promoting awareness ...

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ASO Executives Take Office

Left to right: Arthur Khatchatrian, Tadeh Issakhanian, Diana Gasparyan, Molly Gostanian, and Elena Sarmazian.
Photo: Barlow Der Mugrdechian

Alina Arakelian Staff Writer Tadeh Issakhanian President Graduate Student Major: Executive Masters of Business Administration What will you bring to ASO this year? I hope to increase the number of students who become involved. I want to combine several different ideas in order to increase involvement at Fresno State as well as open a channel of communication and involvement between ...

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